Setup Email with Alpine

Alpine is a modern version of the Pine email client. Pine is a menu-driven way to check your email on a UNIX system. Believe it or not, this was the easy way to send and receive email on in the early 90’s. This guide will show you how to setup Alpine on opus3.

Initial Configuration

When you first start alpine it complains that a few settings are missing. You can go through the configuration process to fix the settings as shown below:

Here’s the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Run alpine

  2. Hit Enter to get past the welcome screen

  3. Type s for setup

  4. Type c for Config

  5. Navigate with the arrow keys and Enter to select Personal Name

  6. Set User Domain to

  7. Type e to exit setup

  8. Type y to save your settings

Check Your Messages

I’ve sent everyone a message. Use alpine to read and reply to the message I sent you. Here’s a walk through. Notice that there’s a menu at the bottom of the screen. You can learn all the keys you need using the menu.

Sending Mail with mail

Alpine is the easy way. The older mail program. The mail program is driven by simpler menus. It can also be used to send a message from the command line. The following command will send me an email with the subject, “Hello Mike.”

$ mail -s "Hello Mike" 

The mail program will ask for a list of people to send a carbon copy to. You can leave that blank. Type your message and when you’re done type ctrl-d. Look at the procedure below: